The Happy Meal menu at McDonald's is going to look a little bit different no matter where you eat at the arches worldwide.
In an announcement Thursday, McDonald's promised to reach five health goals in the next four years.
- Make sure at least 50 percent of Happy Meals have no more than 600 calories, 10 percent of calories from saturated fat, 650 mg of sodium and 10 percent of calories from added sugar.
- Remove artificial flavors and colors from Happy Meals.
- Ensure Happy Meals have transparent nutrition information.
- Market Happy Meals to children responsibly.
- Serve more fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains, lean protein and water in Happy Meals.
According to the Food & Drug Administration, Americans consume about 3,400 mg of sodium per day compared to the recommended amount of less than 2,300 mg.
For current McDonald's nutritional values, click here.
Changes will take place in the US this year
Starting with all Happy Meals on American menus featuring no more than 600 calories by June – and this means taking away arguably the best item on McDonald's entire menu ... the cheeseburger.
Menus in America will only showcase 4-piece and 6-piece Chicken McNugget's and hamburger meals. The cheeseburger Happy Meal will not be on the menu, but it can be ordered by request.
The 6-piece nugget meal will come with kid's sized fries instead of a small fries, which eliminates about half the sodium.
Chocolate milk will be removed from the menu. Bottled water will eventually be a featured drink option on the Happy Meal menu.